Category: Food

Fresh Food for Seniors receiving a dedicated delivery van!

Today, Borough President Brewer and Deputy Mayor Richard Buery announced the de Blasio Administration’s commitment to fund a van and part-time driver to support the Fresh Food for Seniors program, which makes bags of fresh, locally-sourced produce available to seniors in multiple Manhattan neighborhoods for just $8. A dedicated van for produce deliveries to pickup locations will make the program more sustainable and lay the groundwork for further expansion. Read Read more

Brewer announces return of Fresh Food for Seniors Program for 2017

Seniors can buy fresh, locally-grown produce for just $8 per bag at senior centers, other participating sites Today, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced the relaunch of her Fresh Food for Seniors program for 2017, which will operate through November. The program makes bags of fresh, locally-grown produce available for purchase bimonthly at participating senior centers and buildings in multiple Manhattan neighborhoods. “Access to fresh food, and especially fresh… Read more

Brewer promotes free summer meals for kids with Friday Day of Action

Manhattan B.P. to greet commuters and deploy staff, volunteers to 82 schools with detailed flyers on how, when, and where to get free summer meals for kids On Friday, June 16, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer will lead a borough-wide Day of Action to provide parents and children with detailed information about free meals available this summer through New York City’s Summer Meals Program. Brewer will personally greet commuters… Read more

Brewer issues Manhattan supermarket survey and Age-Friendly Supermarket Guide, calls for policies to boost neighborhood supermarkets

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer released “Manhattan Supermarkets: How to Keep them Alive,” a survey of Manhattan’s supermarkets and grocers with policy recommendations to stem the tide of supermarket closures. The report also includes the Age-Friendly Supermarket Guide, a census of senior-friendly features at 229 Manhattan supermarkets (including wheelchair accessibility, restroom availability, delivery costs, and any available senior discounts). “The first step in solving a lot… Read more

Brewer Announces Applications for Manhattan Community Award Program Funds Open Through Sept. 25, Allocates $40,000 to Promote Healthy Eating at Supermarkets

Applications accepted online at bit.ly/MBPOgrants Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer has announced the open application period for her office’s Manhattan Community Award Program (MCAP), which provides funding for programming and operational expenses to nonprofit organizations and public schools. As part of this year’s program, Brewer also announced the “Fresh Taste Manhattan Initiative,” allocating $40,000 in MCAP funds for nonprofit programs that promote healthy eating and food preparation at local… Read more

Brewer Greets Parents at P.S. 125 in Harlem to Promote Free Summer Meals for Kids, Part of Borough-Wide Day of Action

Photos available On Friday, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer led a borough-wide Day of Action to provide parents and children with detailed information about free meals available this summer through New York City’s Summer Meals Program. Brewer flyered at the Ralph Bunche School (P.S. 125) in Harlem this morning, and about 100 volunteers and staff from her own office, Councilmember Ben Kallos’ office, FoodCorps, and Hunger Free America fanned… Read more

As “Fresh Foodbox” Program Resumes Outdoors, B.P. Brewer Honors Volunteers and Invites Lower Manhattan Workers and Residents to Take Advantage

Photos Available Borough President Gale A. Brewer and GrowNYC Executive Director Marcel van Ooyen marked the return of the 1 Centre Street “Fresh Foodbox” program to the archway outside the Municipal Building by honoring the volunteers who pack the program’s fresh food bags. The program operates year-round, but is housed within the Municipal Building during the winter. Shortly after noon, Brewer joined more than a dozen volunteers to help pack… Read more

Roosevelt Island Seniors Receive First Delivery From Borough President Brewer’s Fresh Food for Seniors Program

NEW YORK – Today, Borough President Gale A. Brewer’s Fresh Food for Seniors program made its first delivery to Roosevelt Island, dropping off more than 60 bags of fresh, locally-sourced produce for Roosevelt Island seniors. The program, newly expanded to Roosevelt Island, makes pre-packed bags of produce available to seniors every two weeks in the West Village, Chelsea, Clinton, the Upper West Side, Upper Yorkville, East Harlem, and northern Manhattan… Read more

Urban Agriculture Symposium and Fair Encourages Urban Farming in Manhattan

Manhattan is home to an array of urban plots, hydroponic farms, greenhouses, and more than 170 community gardens. This urban agriculture yields tremendous benefits for our neighborhoods, our economy, and the environment: it teaches valuable skills and sustainably produces fresh, healthy, locally-grown food. In Spring 2015, the Manhattan Borough President’s Office released How Our Gardens Grow, a report on expanding urban gardens, farms, and other agriculture programs in schools,… Read more

Fresh Food for Seniors Program Expands to Roosevelt Island

Borough President Gale A. Brewer is pleased to announce that her office’s Fresh Food for Seniors program is expanding to Roosevelt Island! The program currently makes pre-packed bags of fresh, locally-sourced produce available to seniors every two weeks in the West Village, Chelsea, Clinton, the Upper West Side, Upper Yorkville, East Harlem, and northern Manhattan for just $8 per bag on a pay-as-you-go basis. “It’s amazing what we’ve been able… Read more